Sunset Valley prepares for more flooding


by KRIS BETTS / KVUE News and Photojournalist DATHAN HULL

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Posted on October 30, 2013 at 10:23 PM

Updated Thursday, Oct 31 at 9:54 AM

SUNSET VALLEY, Texas -- The city of Sunset Valley has prepared sand bags, signs and road barricades in preparation for round two of storms after major flooding two weeks ago.

City Administrator Clay Collins says nothing could have prepared them for the foot of rain that fell overnight on Oct. 12.

“We just want to make sure we're a little more proactive and ahead of things this time,” said Collins.

As the clouds rolled in Wednesday evening, homeowners like Lauren Ide weren’t taking any chances. Ide moved her car earlier in the day before it could get damaged. She says she parked it at the Burger Center in the parking lot on higher ground.

Homes in Sunset Valley still have some water damage from earlier floods. Although the creek bed is dry, it only takes a few inches of rain to start surging.

Dash camera video captured a police rescue of a trapped car in Sunset Valley during the last flood. Officers had to break the windows to rescue the two people inside.

Now plastic barriers will stop cars from going through any low water crossings.

“We weren't anticipating that level of rain, so we had the barricades ready to go. But we didn't have them already placed so that they could be put over across the road,” said Collins.

Just in case homes have to be evacuated again, the city says it also has cots ready to go.